On September 6, 2013, the Board of Regents adopted Regent Policy Document 20-20, under which classified staff may participate in institutional governance.

The Board policy states:

“This policy enables active participation in the immediate decision-making and policy development of the institution. ¬†Active participation in governance for classified staff under this policy is not collective bargaining and will not result in a labor agreement or contract. ¬†Classified staff may make recommendations, consider proposals, and raise concerns to institutional leadership.
The Board policy also provides that classified staff shall have the right to structure themselves in a manner that they determine, and to select their representatives to participate in institutional governance.”

The University of Wisconsin System has a longstanding tradition of shared decision making with the faculty, academic staff, and students. The adoption of Regent Policy Document 20-20 is consistent with the principle that classified staff should have a voice in the development of the policies and procedures that directly affect their work lives